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Ga. Man Who Ran into 3 Girls on Sidewalk Sentenced in Crash

Posted at 4:46 AM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 04:46:00-05

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A locksmith who was chasing a nonpaying customer when he crashed into three girls on a sidewalk has been sentence to 30 years in prison.

Cobb County District Attorney's spokeswoman Kim Isaza says 28-year-old Tansu Kanlica was sentenced Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle and hit-and-run.

Authorities have said Kanlica was chasing a customer who drove away without paying for a lockout service in Kennesaw when he ran into three girls on a sidewalk and fled the scene in May 2014.

Prosecutors say 15-year-old Reina As-Salaam and 16-year-old Juliana Ferrell were killed. Another 16-year-old girl suffered a broken leg.

Kanlica must serve 20 years of his sentence in custody and pay $196,000 in restitution.

Isaza says charges are also pending against the man Kanlica was chasing.